Dr. Beltz is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) with clinical experience in the collegiate and high school settings. Additionally, she holds certifications in strength and conditioning (NSCA CSCS), corrective exercise (NASM CES), and health and wellness coaching (NBC-HWC).
Dr. Beltz began her career as a bench scientist, conducting research related to the cell cycle and renal physiology, but as a former collegiate athlete, she missed the world of athletics and exercise and subsequently shifted her focus to sports medicine and exercise science. She loves helping students explore the relationship physical activity and health, using her diverse experiences to provide context for challenging course content, making it more approachable and relatable for students. Dr. Beltz is passionate about approaching health and physical activity from a public health perspective, with many classes examining health and physical activity from individual, community, and societal lenses.
Dr. Beltz’s current research interests result from her work as a Certified Athletic Trainer, focusing on identifying improved methods for the prevention and management of sport-related injury. She loves collaborating with collegiate, high school, and community sports programs for her research, working directly with coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes to implement evidence-based methods to prevent and manage sport-related injury.